Michael Jordan won a slam dunk contest. LeBron James has yet to enter one; that is, until the news the world heard on Feb. 14, 2009. James told TNT sideline reporter Cheryl Miller that he will put his name in the 2010 NBA Slam Dunk contest.
But will "The King" really be in the contest? He said it with a pumped-up look on his face and was enthusiastic about it.
The Jordan/James comparisons were through the roof when James entered the league. Those comparisons have died down as of late as he is being compared more to Magic Johnson than Jordan.
During the TNT broadcast, they were discussing James and Jordan. Saying how Jordan was in a dunk contest and electrified the world with his outstanding dunks, and if LeBron really is going to be the next Jordan he has to be in the dunk contest.
Jordan wanted to be the best at everything. He won the dunk contest. He won six NBA titles. When people said he couldn’t pass and was a ball-hog, he had a career high in assists.
If James wants to go down as the greatest player of all time, he needs to have the Jordan mindset. He has to think that he will be the best in every aspect of the game. Dunking happens to be a part of the game.
Is this a bluff? LeBron might have said it in the heat of the moment, but now the NBA world thinks that the almighty LeBron James will be competing next season in the slam dunk competition. He also claims that he can dunk on a 13-foot rim compared to Dwight Howard’s 12-foot rim.
King James will be the headline for All-Star Saturday night next season in the contest in which fans have been waiting for him to be a part since his rookie season. Even though he says he will be in the dunk contest, don’t be surprised if this is just all an act.